California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) just unveiled a more than $300 million plan to combat the smash-and-grab robberies that have been taking place in his state, Fox News reports.
The money would be allocated to law enforcement in Newsom’s upcoming budget for the state of California, which will be released in January.
Fox reports how Newsom plans to divide the funds.
According to the outlet:
Local law enforcement agencies would receive $255 million over the next three years to place more officers in stores to deter theft and another $30 million would go to district attorneys in the prosecutions of retail and auto robberies.
The outlet adds that $18 million would go to the creation of a new “organized theft special unit,” $20 million would go to the small businesses who have been hit by these robberies, and $20 million would go to the National Guard to combat drug smuggling.
Then, another $25 million would go to a gun buyback program that Newsom has proposed. The law would allow California residents to sue anyone who sells illegal assault-style weapons and untraceable ghost guns.
“A profound impact”
Newsom on Friday also put out a statement regarding his plan.
“The issue of crime and violence is top of mind all throughout not only the state of California but across the United States, highlighted recently by some high-profile retail theft operations,” Newsom said.
“These organized retail mobs … (have) a profound impact on our feelings of safety here in this state, this region and as I note, this country,” he added.
Many are arguing that Newsom’s plan here is not nearly enough because the problem in California is far bigger than what Newsom has suggested. This line of argument was invoked by Scott Wilk, the state Senate Republican leader, in a statement that he released after Newsom unveiled his plan on Friday.
“Democrats’ relentless push for their ‘criminals first’ agenda has turned this once-majestic state into a sanctuary for criminals,” Wilk said.
Critics maintain that until Newsom and California Democrats stop pursuing this “criminals first” agenda, no meaningful impact can be made on the large amount of crime that is being witnessed in California. And, Newsom made it clear on Friday that he does not intend on “walking back” his commitment to this “criminals first” agenda, which he referred to as “comprehensive reforms.”